The June 2019 Wall Street Journal Economic Forecast Survey – Notable Aspects

The June 2019 Wall Street Journal Economic Forecast Survey was published on June 13, 2019.  The headline is “Trump Tariffs Are Short-Term Pain Without Long-Term Gain, Economists Say.”

I found numerous items to be notable – although I don’t necessarily agree with them – both within the article and in the “Economist Q&A” section.

An excerpt:

Looking at the economy as a whole, 74% of economists said they saw the risks for growth tilted to the downside—up from 58% in May and 47% this time a year ago.

Nearly half of economists in the latest survey, 48.8%, expect the next recession in 2020. That was up from just over a third in the May survey. Some 36.6% predict the next downturn will start in 2021, down from just over half in last month’s survey. Just under 5% expect it will begin this year, up from just over 2% in May.

As seen in the “Recession Probability” section, the average response as to the odds of another recession starting within the next 12 months was 30.07%. The individual estimates, of those who responded, ranged from 1% to 60%.  For reference, the average response in May’s survey was 22.79%.

As stated in the article, the survey’s respondents were 59 academic, financial and business economists.  Not every economist answered every question.  The survey was conducted June 7 – June 11, 2019.

Economic Forecasts

The current average forecasts among economists polled include the following:


full-year 2019:  2.2%

full-year 2020:  1.6%

full-year 2021:  1.8%

Unemployment Rate:

December 2019: 3.6%

December 2020: 3.9%

December 2021: 4.2%

10-Year Treasury Yield:

December 2019: 2.34%

December 2020: 2.48%

December 2021: 2.60%


Please Note – The above is excerpted from the (published by RevSD, LLC) post of June 13, 2019, titled “The June 2019 Wall Street Journal Economic Forecast Survey


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